Alameda

The Pacific Piunball Museum's plans to build “the Smithsonian of pinball” in the city’s grand but long-shuttered Carnegie Library has city leaders ready to rethink Alameda’s ban on arcades. Here's the story.

Voters will get the chance to decide this November whether they want to pay for $179.5 million in bonds to repair and modernize Alameda’s schools.

The school board voted 4-1 Tuesday to place the bond on the ballot, ending months of will-they-or-won’t-they wrangling that saw some board members support, then retreat from a plan to focus bond spending on Alameda’s high schools and one – Barbara Kahn – cast the final vote needed to move forward after saying she planned to vote no.

Alameda's Board of Education decided to pull the trigger on a bond this November, passed a budget for next year and discussed a new group of innovative school programs. Here's how it all went down.

Tamara Nghishakenwa’s son, Bakari Bell, 13, has severe autism, and Alameda County pays her $11.50 an hour to take care of him. But getting by on those wages is tough in the Bay Area.

Police are saying no one was injured and no charges have been filed following a Saturday night crash into the Starbucks at the corner of Park Street and Central Avenue.

The Recreation and Park Commission is expected to make a recommendation Thursday night on whether to restore or replace the Clark Memorial Bench in Jackson Park.

Alameda’s Planning Board stopped short of recommending the city enact rent controls Monday, opting instead to ask the City Council to consider setting up a task force to study whether people are being displaced by rising rents.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department's 48th annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest was held this past Saturday on Robert W. Crown State Beach, and videographer Donna Eyestone was on hand to capture the action for The Alamedan. Winners of this year's contest are listed on the Alameda Recreation and Park Department's Facebook page.

THE STORY: The East Bay Regional Park District and environmentalists are battling to halt plans to develop 48 homes on a 3.9 acre property across the street from Crab Cove, which the federal government is in contract to sell to developer Tim Lewis Communities. So far, two lawsuits have been filed over the property and plans to develop it, and local parks lovers have qualified a measure for the ballot that would prohibit housing development there.

A rendering of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority's planned Central Bay Maintenance and Operations Facility at Alameda Point.

THE STORY: The Water Emergency Transportation Authority – which runs the Bay Area’s ferries – plans to build its Central Bay Maintenance and Operations Facility at Alameda Point. The planned facility – a 25,000 square foot building and four underground diesel vaults on a third of an acre on West Hornet Avenue, and 11 boat slips – would house fleet maintenance services, a control center and an emergency operations center for central bay ferry operations.